News and Events

Faculty Profile: Rodrigo Zamith (Journalism)

“I fell in love with news as a child, when I’d gather around the television with my family to watch the Jornal Nacional, one of the Brazilian nightly news programs,” recounts Rodrigo Zamith, new assistant professor to the UMass Journalism Department and one of this semester’s Four @ Four presenters. Zamith joins UMass from the University of Minnesota, where he received his Ph.D. in Mass Communication.

Welcome Maureen Fitzgerald, SBS Director of Development

We're excited to introduce Maureen Fitzgerald as our new Director of Development in the SBS Dean's Office! Maureen joins us from the American International College, where she worked as the Vice President of University Advancement. Her primary role was to provide measurable growth in the college fundraising. She was responsible for the communication and interaction with prospective donors and other constituent groups across the community. Maureen has worked on Development teams at Universities on each coast in the US for more than 30 years.

Bernie Sanders Rally on Campus Emphasizes Student Activism

While the rally was specifically in support of Bernie Sanders, the overarching message was on the importance of being involved in current issues and being a force for positive change.

Communication Department Hosts Alumni-Student Networking Event

The event was both a networking event and an opportunity for students to get job advice and ask questions about the career trajectories of the various alumni. This event served as a part of a larger effort to bring UMass alumni to campus and to connect them with SBS students.

Eltahawy Calls for a Double Revolution at the Resistance Speaker Series

The “double revolution” in the Middle East must involve not only political change, but cultural and sexual change as well according to Mona Eltahawy, award-winning columnist and activist. Eltahawy, who spoke Monday at the Campus Center as Journalism's representative in the SBS “Resistance” speakers series, told about 100 students and faculty that state repression will never be remedied without also changing the situation for women in public and at home.

Media Critic Anita Sarkeesian to Speak at UMass Amherst

The University of Massachusetts Amherst department of communication will host “I’ll Make a Man Out of You: Redefining Strong Female Characters,” a presentation by media critic and blogger Anita Sarkeesian, Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom as part of the SBS Social Science Matters: Perspectives on Resistance speaker series.

Applications Open for Public Engagement Fellowships

Participating faculty will develop a fellowship plan tailored to their expertise and aspirations for reaching broader publics. They will also receive technical training in communicating with non-academic audiences, cultivate networks to reach those publics, and workshop a policy brief, blog, op-ed or other public engagement products. Applications are due by November 20th.

SBS Scholarships Transcend Majors

Nicolas Dundas, recipient of the SBS Merriam Internship Award last spring, enjoys working with others and understanding social norms. His interests span a wide variety of areas, which has afforded him the opportunity of landing an internship in Washington D.C.

Deeply Green

The campus’s new Design Building is a model of sustainable architecture

CRF Faculty Research Scholar Sylvia Brandt Examines the Cost of Pollution to Families.

Sylvia Brandt will be researching the economic cost of environmental degradation, specifically the employment cost to mothers of children who develop diseases due to localized pollution.